Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Green Wave football team will play Bluffton for the Region 8-AAAA Championship Friday.
Summerville (6-4, 4-0), which is riding a four-game winning streak, hosts undefeated Bluffton (10-0, 4-0) at 7:30 p.m. It is the final regular-season game for both teams so the winner will complete a clean sweep of the region to capture the region crown.
Both teams are used to big games.
You have to go all the way back to 2001 to find a season where Summerville wasn't in the mix for the championship for its region. Plus, the Green Wave is coming off a win in a game against rival Ashley Ridge that gave John McKissick the 600th coaching win of his career.
Bluffton just joined Class AAAA and Summerville's region this season, but advanced all the way to the state championship game for Class AAA last season.
“They have a lot of good athletes who have been with them for a while,” McKissick said. “After finishing as state runner-up to South Pointe last season, they returned all their skill players.”
The Bobcats' thing is offense. Bluffton has passed for just more than 2,000 yards this season and rushed for nearly 1,700 yards while outscoring its opponents 497 points to 100.
Bluffton's main weapons are quarterback C.J. Frazier (1,956 passing yards) and receiver Marquis Webb (596 receiving yards/318 rushing yards), who have both been selected to play in the North/South All-star game. However, the team likes to spread the ball around. Receiver Demetrius Smalls has nearly 800 all-purpose yards on the season.
“They like to use what I call trickery,” McKissick said. “They use a lot of motion; they do double reverse passes and things like that. They will line up in a punt formation but fake the kick.”
This is probably the biggest test of the season for the Wave secondary, which gave up too many big plays early in the season but has shown improvement the last few weeks.
“I hope that will hold true Friday because Bluffton can flat out move the ball,” McKissick said. “We gave up four homeruns against Stratford earlier this year and we certainly can't afford to do that again.”
In the past four weeks, the Summerville D has shutout Colleton County, successfully managed a formidable Beaufort rushing attack and held a Fort Dorchester offense that put up 26 points against Bluffton to a mere 10 points.
It has been an up and down season for the Wave offense but once the unit starts rolling it can be hard to stop. Summerville has scored more than 35 points in four games this season.
The Wave scored 37 points against Ashley Ridge and 45 points two weeks before in Beaufort. The game in between was Summerville's homecoming, which perhaps factors in to the lower production that week.
Last Friday, Davon Anderson rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns. On Wednesday, Wave running back Jerod Tucker was named to the South All-star Team for the 2012 North-South Game.
Summerville QB Sawyer Bridges now has 10 games under his belt and his receivers seem to become a bigger factor each week.
“Our communication and chemistry is building up,” receiver Kendall Parker said. “Our quarterback is a freshman but look at how he is playing. He's playing pretty good right now. We've been working hard in practice and I think it's paying off.”
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